For Karen Johnson, being a special education teacher at Homerville Elementary/Middle School in Homerville is more than a profession or avocation. It is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. As a teacher of a full curriculum, as well as basic living skills, Miss Johnson applies to teaching the creativity and determination it takes to make any hope become a reality. Her aim, as she puts it, to be the best teacher I can be, is the mirror in which she strives to have her students see themselves. Her classroom is described as energetic, and her enthusiasm for teaching is described as contagious. Her impact reaches beyond the classroom through her frequent home visits with her students' families, her involvement in professional development opportunities and her commitment to supportive intervention programs in her community.